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5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to pass the exams, 25 Oct. 2010
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This review is from: Adobe InDesign CS5 Classroom in a Book: The Official Training Workbook from Adobe Systems (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) (Paperback)
Get this book if you want to get Adobe ACE status. Reading, doing ALL the exercises, and then reading through the software manual will put you in a good place to take ACE exams. I'm an ACI and I got 97% pass - this simple advice is all I did. Doing all the exercises is important, otherwise you will miss out on important things in the early chapters that semi-experienced people tend to gloss over.
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Initial post: 29 Oct 2011 17:52:15 BDT
MW77 says:
I find this review misleading. When you say 'ALL' exercises, you make people think there are lots of them, when in fact, there's practically none. Unless you call step-by-step instruction on how to do something an exercise. Exercises at the end of each chapter are oral questions, there are very few exercises in this book. Had I known this, I wouldn't have bought it.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2011 18:24:18 BDT
S. D. Spicer says:
I fully stand by review and I don't think it's misleading. Yes, I do call step by step worked examples "Exercises", because that's exactly what they are. In a live class you would be taken through a worked example as an exercise; then perhaps you would work on the same or a similar example to prove competence. in the book it gives you (from memory) 14 worked examples, plus a bonus on the CD. It then has a further section in each chapter called "Exploring on your own" where there a a number - usually around four - further exercises or things to try to embed the knowledge. Finally as you say there are some review questions at the end of the chapter that tease out particular items of knowledge and parallel the questions you may find should you take the ACE exam. If you want to take the exam, obviously you'll need to read the documentation, butcompletion and understanding of ALL the worked examples in this book will give you a huge advantage.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Oct 2011 22:41:37 BDT
MW77 says:
No, as you yourself have said, you would be taken through a 'Worked Example', not an exercise, an exercise by the definition of it is what you do on your own.

Posted on 25 Mar 2012 07:12:19 BDT
I can see both points of view: this series of books, including theones on Photoshop, can be quite useful though in some instances I wouldn't recommend them to a novice. The exercise examples are useful too.
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